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Anti-terror police raid Birmingham flat following London attacks

In Events, News on 03/23/2017 at 12:25
A flat in Hagley Road was raided by anti-terrorism police following the London attacks (Photograph: Carlie Ann-Hare)

A flat in Hagley Road was raided by anti-terrorism police following the London attacks (Photograph: Carlie Ann-Hare)

A Birmingham flat in Hagley Road was raided by anti-terrorism police last night in connection to the London attacks in Westminster yesterday, which left five dead and around 29 people injured.

Following the murder of several pedestrians and a police officer around Parliament yesterday afternoon, reports of a Birmingham connection transpired as BBC Newsnight was one of the first to suggest a connection with the city. Read the rest of this entry »

Thousands line Brum’s Emerald Mile for St Patrick’s Day parade

In Events, News, What's On on 03/13/2017 at 16:10
The Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Carl Rice grabs a photo from the top of a double decker bus during the St patrick's Day parade (Photograph: Rangzeb Hussain)

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Carl Rice grabs a photo from the top of a double decker bus during the St patrick’s Day parade (Photograph: Rangzeb Hussain)

Thousands of people came out to marvel at the St Patrick’s Day parade in Birmingham yesterday.

Digbeth High Street was awash with green and gold as festivities launched early in the morning with bright costumes and colour, clearly starting as they meant to go on. Read the rest of this entry »

What is World Book Day and how is it being celebrated?

In Events, News on 03/02/2017 at 11:34
The 20th annual World Book Day takes place on March 2, 2017 (Photograph: WBD)

The 20th annual World Book Day takes place on March 2, 2017 (Photograph: WBD)

It’s World Book Day, when children all over the world celebrate books and reading, and it’s no different in Birmingham and the West Midlands, as schools encourage pupils and students to dress up as their favourite storybook characters to mark the annual special day.

Not sure what to do? Don’t worry. Here’s more about World Book Day and how to take part! Read the rest of this entry »

8 common myths about chocolate being good for you

In Charity, Events, News on 03/01/2017 at 12:41
Could you give up chocolate for a month? (Photograph: Bernd)

Could you give up chocolate for a month? (Photograph: Bernd)

The first of March might bring with it the fasting of Lent, but there’s also thousands of people giving up chocolate this month to raise money for charity!

Sweet-toothed fundraisers are taking part in ‘Dechox‘, a national sponsored challenge that requires giving up chocolate for 30 days while raising cash for life-saving heart research. Read the rest of this entry »

Here’s how post-apocalyptic Birmingham would look in 1,000 years

In News on 02/27/2017 at 16:27
Upcoming action role-playing video game Horizon: Zero Dawn launches in the UK on the 1st March (Image: Sony Interactive)

Upcoming action role-playing video game Horizon Zero Dawn launches in the UK on the 1st March (Image: Sony Interactive Entertainment)

This post-apocalyptic scene featuring Birmingham’s famous Rotunda and Selfridges buildings may seem like a snapshot captured in a distant future, but it is in-fact part of a nationwide publicity campaign to promote an upcoming video game.

The makers of Horizon Zero Dawn – which launches in the UK this week, on the 1st March – have re-imagined Brum along with cities across the UK as neglected futuristic cities populated with robot dinosaurs, or ‘robosaurs’. Read the rest of this entry »

Birmingham central to taking on Trump, say national protest organisers

In News on 02/18/2017 at 18:30
Stand Up To Trump is one of the key coalition's organising demonstrations and rallies against Donald Trump's planned visit to the UK (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

Stand Up To Trump is one of the key coalitions organising demonstrations and rallies against Donald Trump’s planned visit to the UK (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

Birmingham was high on the agenda in London this afternoon, as opposition to Trump’s visit to the UK was discussed at the Stand Up To Trump organising summit, ahead of Monday’s national day of action against the US President.

In speech after speech, individuals from across the country – including community leaders, trade union officials and supporters of the anti-Trump movement – referenced solidarity with the second city, amid recent revelations that Donald Trump’s state visit could be moved to the city. Read the rest of this entry »

Brummies react to news of Trump visiting Birmingham

In News, Videos on 02/16/2017 at 15:30
Maz Saleem asking Brummies about Donald Trump visiting Birmingham

Maz Saleem asking Brummies about Donald Trump visiting Birmingham (Image: StWUK/IAB)

An anti-racism campaigner has taken to the city streets to ask people what they think of plans to move Donald Trump’s UK state visit to Birmingham.

Questioning members of the public in Birmingham city centre on Monday, Stop the War activist Maz Saleem quizzed a range of Brummies on how they felt about the possibility of the US President coming to the Midlands. Read the rest of this entry »

OPINION | Robert Brenchley | Are we still intolerant of the LGBT community?

In Blog, Column on 02/13/2017 at 17:19
A couple enjoy a moment together at Birmingham Pride (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

A couple enjoy a moment together at Birmingham Pride (Photograph: Adam Yosef)

It became legal to be gay, to an extent anyway, in 1967, when I was 13. At the time it was widely viewed as something nasty, which was best left unmentioned.

I started at secondary school in 1965, and remember a lot of jokes about ‘sexual perverts’, though I wasn’t clear what sort of nastiness was involved, and I don’t think many of the others were either; it was a climate which fostered ignorance. Read the rest of this entry »

Over 1,300 people sign petition demanding Trump Birmingham ban

In News on 02/13/2017 at 15:15
Liam Byrne MP has called for Donald Trump to be banned from Birmingham, following news that his UK state visit may be relocated from London to the Midland city

Liam Byrne MP has called for Donald Trump to be banned from Birmingham, following news that his UK state visit may be relocated from London to the Midlands city (Image: Liam Byrne)

Over 1,000 people have signed a petition calling for Donald Trump to be banned from Birmingham, after news broke that the US President’s state visit could be moved to the Midlands city.

Initiated by Labour’s Liam Byrne, MP for the city’s Hodge Hill constituency, the ‘Ban Donald Trump from Birmingham’ petition has gained momentum after circulating online over the weekend. Read the rest of this entry »

British Muslim organisations “disappointed” with Owen Jones over Trump stance

In News on 02/10/2017 at 10:15
Writer Owen Jones has come under fire for boycotting an anti-Trump demonstration co-organised by Muslim organisations

Writer Owen Jones has come under fire for boycotting an anti-Trump demonstration co-organised by Muslim organisations

Several high-profile Muslim organisations have expressed their disappointment at journalist Owen Jones’ decision to boycott their anti-Trump demonstration last week.

Working with campaigners fighting racism and Islamophobia, leading British Muslim bodies including the Muslim Council of Britain, Muslim Engagement and Development and the Muslim Association of Britain called a demonstration to protest Donald Trump’s widely condemned ‘Muslim ban’. Read the rest of this entry »